The Chicago Bulls quelled some worry from fans with a solid 91-85 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake on Wednesday. Derrick Rose scored 29 points (though he needed 26 field goals and five free throws to get there) and the Bulls' defense held Utah to 86 points in an 89-possession game.
The Bulls actually shot much more than the Jazz -- Utah had an effective field goal percentage of .481, and the Bulls trailed at .428. But Chicago limited turnovers extraordinarily well (just eight all game) and shot much better from the line in a similar number of attempts (20-26 for Chicago, 11-21 for Utah).
Deron Williams scored just 11 points in 40 minutes for Utah. He took just 13 shots (half as many as Rose despite playing longer), but controlled plenty of possessions with 12 assists and five turnovers. Utah's big men Al Jefferson (26 points) and Paul Millsap (20 points) led the way for the home team, but it wasn't enough to overcome Rose, the Bulls' defense and Utah's own turnover problems.